Trump says United States 'moving forward' with additional sanctions on Iran

Trump says Iran strikes would not have been 'proportionate'

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In a sign that the United States is also open to diplomacy, Iranian sources said, Trump had warned them that a U.S. attack was imminent, but saying that he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues. "Some of them are in place".

The Iranians may instead decide to increase the use of proxy forces in Iraq and Yemen, or give additional financial or material support to Hezbollah across the Middle East, fuelling a much wider conflict.

He did not offer specifics on those sanctions, but suggested sanctions could be lifted in the future.

Britain's Middle East minister Andrew Murrison will visit Iran on Sunday for "frank and constructive" talks, the Foreign Office said, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington after the downing of an unmanned US drone.

The Lehigh Valley Republican said he doesn't yet know enough pertinent details about this week's events or range of options available to the Trump administration.

Washington claims the incident happened in global airspace, but Tehran said the drone was shot down over its territory.

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Trump, who was speaking to reporters at the White House, made his comments after recently calling off military action against Iran to retaliate for the downing of a USA military drone.

The strikes would have been in retaliation to the downing of a USA surveillance drone. "150 people, sir, was the answer from a General", the president tweeted, saying he concluded it would not have been "proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone".

"If Iran wants to become a prosperous nation.it's OK with me", Mr Trump said.

He also said that Iran could have downed a manned a P-8 American plane, but did not.

Relations between Washington and Tehran have gone into a downward spiral since May 2018, when Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and reinstated all sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Sadjadpour estimated that, "We will continue to see this escalatory cycle". -Israeli security ties, said Trump was undermining USA credibility.

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Pompeo and Bolton have advocated hardline policies against Iran, but Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said "the president certainly was listening" when congressional leaders at the meeting urged him to be cautious and not escalate the already tense situation.

"Democratic Leaders emphasized that hostilities must not be initiated without the approval of Congress", Pelosi said in a statement.

"Regardless of any decision they make... we will not allow any of Iran's borders to be violated. This is a unsafe, high-tension situation that requires a strong, smart and strategic approach".

Donald Trump has refused to be ambushed by Iran into a military confrontation for many fundamental reasons, including a keenness to retain control of the timing of how worldwide issues are managed.

The news came Saturday outside the White House after the President said issues with Iran are not over oil supply but about making sure the country does not have nuclear weapons.

The Iran nuclear deal, from which Trump pulled the USA out, was also a show of good will on Iran's part that its nuclear program would always remain peaceful.

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